School of Art

Contact Details

School of Art
Aberystwyth University
Buarth Mawr
SY23 1NG

Tel: +44 (0)1970 622460

Fax: +44 (0)1970 622461


Display artist/maker:

Jeff Oestrich

Born: 1947, U.S.A., Minnesota, St. Paul

Ceramicist. Jeff Oestreich was introduced to ceramics by Warren MacKenzie while at university. After receiving his BA he was apprenticed to Bernard Leach at St. Ives for two years and returned to Minnesota in 1971. The philosophies of Leach and MacKenzie enabled Oestreich to examine critically the functional aspect of art in contemporary ceramics. The commitment to utility remains a strong influence in his work but he challenges the visual and physical parameters. Oestreich also relies on the historical influences in his glaze palette, with minimal surface decoration and firing methods drawing from Japanese and Chinese origins. His current work is thrown and altered, either by faceting, stretching, or cutting and rejoining. The majority of the pots are salt glazed. Jeff Oestreich’s work is included in the collections of the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse; the Victoria and Albert Museum; the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan and the Kansas City Museum, among others

Objects in the collections associated with this artist/maker

Footed Bowl C1335 Ceramics